Category: Grounds Management

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Tips for Outdoor Winter Work at Your Facility

Winter is approaching fast, and many parts of the country are already seeing snow. With the seasonal changes come the hazards of outdoor work in cold conditions, snow and ice removal, and other dangers. At its Winter Weather resource site, OSHA lists 10 common winter weather hazards that employers should train employees to recognize.

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Winterizing Your Irrigation System: What’s the Process?

In yesterday’s post, we took a quick look at professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) options for winterizing your irrigation systems, with a deeper focus on choosing the right equipment for the job. Today, we’ll take a walk through the process of winterizing, once you have all your equipment—including an appropriately sized air compressor—in place.

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Don’t Forget to Winterize Your Irrigation System

Property owners want to maintain a pleasant landscape for a host of reasons, such as attracting quality tenants or to portray themselves as a positive force for their community, among other reasons. Whether the landscape is beautifully ornamented or a simple, lightly planted green space, facility managers charged with maintenance and operations have come to […]

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CDC Recommendations for Dealing with Flood Water

Despite the National Hurricane Center’s earlier predictions about the strength of the storm, Hurricane Michael remains on track to strike the Florida panhandle, though now it is doing so as a Category 4 storm.  This means Michael, the first hurricane of this size to make landfall in the panhandle, will hit with 145 mph sustained […]

Facility with Trees

Keep an Eye on Tree Health to Prevent Potential Facility Damage

Trees are an essential part of many facility’s landscape with benefits that stretch far beyond their ornamental value. They can curb cooling costs, help manage stormwater, clean the air by intercepting pollutants, or simply provide some shade where your tenants or workers can gather for lunch on a nice day. Like all living things, however, […]

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NYC Construction Training Law Sets High Bar

The latest safety trend for construction workers may have been established by a New York City (NYC) law signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in October 2017. Local Law 196 set forth new training requirements for employees at certain construction jobsites. The requirement—a minimum number of hours of training on specific safety subjects for workers […]

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Do You Know What’s in Your Facilities Vending Machines?

Many facilities have vending machines in place to help employees get through their day, or, to keep customers sated while they move from store to store. Some vending machines, however, serve a much more nefarious purpose. Like the 3 non-permitted machines in the town of Brookhaven, New York (located on Long Island) that were found […]

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Is Your Facility Ready for National Preparedness Month?

September is here, which means that National Preparedness Month (NPM) is in full swing. The National Safety Council (NSC) uses this time to foster awareness around the ways you can prepare yourselves and families for any disaster that could impact your facilities, homes, and communities. The NPM theme for the month is Disasters Happen. Prepare […]

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What’s the Tobacco Policy at Your Facility?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says that approximately 20% of working adults use some sort of tobacco products, with almost 5% of these folks using two or more tobacco products “every day” or “some days.”